Iran shot down a U.S militry spay drone on thursday, claming to fly over one of its southern gulf provinces, and raising fears of military conflict as washinghton seeks to isolate tehran from its nuclear and regional operation.
it was the latest in an escalating spate of occurrence in the Gulf region, a critical artery for worldwide suppies of oil, since mid-may, including explosive strikes on six oil tankers like tehran and washington,slipped to confrontation.
Iran denied particiopating in any of the incidents, but worldwide jitters over the danger of a wider middle east war disrupting oil exports caused a sharp price jump. they jumped on thursday by more than $3 to over $63 a barrel
Tensions flared with last year’s U.S. pullout from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran by world powers and deteriorated as Washington imposed new sanctions to throttle Tehran’s essential oil trade, and Iran retaliated previously this week with a risk of breaching the boundaries placed by the agreement on its nuclear operations.
Upping the ante, Washington said on Monday it would deploy about 1,000 more troops, along with Patriot missiles and manned and unmanned surveillance aircraft, to the Middle East on top of a 1,500-troop increase announced after the May tanker attacks.
Sepah News, the website of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), said the “spy” dronewas brought down over the southern Iranian province of Hormozgan, which is on the Gulf.
A U.S. official said the drone was a U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton and that it had been shot down in international air space over the Strait of Hormuz, through which about a third of the world’s seaborne oil exits the Gulf..
A Revolutionary Guards statement said the drone’s identification transponder had been switched off “in violation of aviation rules and was moving in full secrecy” when it was downed, Iranian state broadcaster IRIB reported.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned what it called a violation of Iranian air space by thedrone and warned of the consequences of such “illegal and provocative” measures.
Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, told Iran’s Tasnim news agency that “Our air space is our red line and Iran has always responded and will continue to respond strongly to any country that violates our air space,”. According to huffpost,
“CLEAR MESSAGE” TO U.S., IRAN SAYS
Brigadier General Hossein Salami, commander in chief of the Revolutionary Guards, warned against any aggression and said the drone’s downing carried a “clear message” to Iran’s arch-enemy.